Promoted as the 'Bay of Sleeping Beauty' and incorporating Jongensfontein and the community of Melkhoutfontein, Stilbaai (330km from Cape Town) offers a safe coastline, 15km of navigable river and a dollop or two of interesting history. As such and despite its name and unappealing centre, the town has a fair amount going for it. Prehistoric man made his home here several thousand years ago, as did the Strandlopers somewhat later; evidence of their presence can be seen in ancient shell middens and numerous fish traps, which are still in use. Come high December, you'll see further pre-historic evidence: thick-set creatures with large bone-snapping jaws and distended boeps shaped by evolution to cope with lean Pretoria winters. About 12km west of Stilbaai, Jongensfontein is a fast-growing holiday destination with few shops, picturesque scenery and a rocky coastline, and in our view offering a far better holiday than Stilbaai proper, as do the getaways along Stilbaai's wonderful river.